the threat from Hitler’s increasingly belligerent regime
growing, minds within Britain’s Air Ministry had already
identified potential targets should the unthinkable happen
and war with Germany become a reality. The list included the
great dams of western Germany, some of the largest in the
9 September 1939 Hitler’s armies invaded Poland and,
as Britain once again found herself at war with Germany, plans
to attack the dams became a reality. Three were chosen as
primary targets; the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams which
between them controlled the vast supplies of water to the
factories and manufacturing industries of the Ruhr. If these
dams could be destroyed, the beating heart of industrial Germany
would be dealt a heavy blow. But
there were problems; the range and dam defences were too great
for a low-level attack by existing aircraft and commando raids
were thought suicidal, with little chance of success. Barnes
Wallis, however, had an idea – a cylindrical ‘bouncing
bomb’ codenamed Upkeep – a mine designed to skip
across the surface of the water clearing the torpedo nets,
and explode against a dam wall at a depth that would cause
deliver his weapon, however, would require men of extraordinary
flying skills, and an aircraft big enough for the job. By
March 1943 all the criteria had been met; Upkeep was ready
and tested, a new special squadron numbered 617 had been formed
under Wing Commander Guy Gibson, and Avro’s mighty Lancaster
bomber was up to the task. On the evening of 16 May 1943,
after weeks of intensive training, Gibson led the first wave
of bombers away from RAF Scampton and set course for the Moehne
dam. The Dambuster raid had begun.
three attempts and the tragic loss of one aircraft the dam
still held; it is now the turn of Flight Lieutenant David
Maltby at the controls of Lancaster AJ-J to press home his
attack. With Mick Martin drawing the enemy’s fire to
port and Guy Gibson to starboard, Maltby holds his aircraft
steady and true as bomb aimer John Fort releases their Upkeep
time was 00.49hrs on the morning of 17 May 1943 and the mine
bounced to perfection, hit the target, sank, and detonated
against the already damaged stone wall. Immeasurable pressure
forced water through the groaning, already cracking blocks
of granite until the dam could stand no more. The wall shuddered
and then surrendered. ‘There was a breach 100yds across,’
Gibson wrote later, ‘and the water, looking like stirred
porridge in the moonlight, was gushing out and rolling into
the Ruhr valley....’
Aviation Art Gallery is honoured that this special release,
commemorating the 75th Anniversary, has been personally signed
by veterans who helped create the Dambusters legend. This
fitting tribute to one of the most famous missions in the
history of aerial warfare creates a historic collector’s
item for aviation art enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
Anthony Saunders’ painting, Approach to the Möhne
Dam, already hailed as a masterpiece of aviation art and one
of the most authentic interpretations of events yet created,
captures the moment when the fate of the Mohne dam was sealed.
commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Operation Chastise –
one of the most audacious air raids of World War two –
each print is personally signed by two veterans who were directly
involved in the raid:
Leader GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON MBE DFM RAF
Bomb-aimer on Lancaster AJ-T that attacked the Sorpe Dam,
scoring a direct hit.
The daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis who, as a child, helped
inspire her father to develop the Bouncing Bomb.
THE REMARQUE EDITIONS
unique hand-drawn pencil Remarque is one of the best ways
to own an original piece of art by Anthony Saunders. Widely
acknowledged as one of the most gifted aviation artists of
his generation, each of his delicately crafted pencil drawings
is skilfully created to order in the lower margins of the
print, and will be of a Lancaster relevant to the Dambuster
numbered certificate of authenticity included.
print size: 36” wide x 22” high (Inches) Printed
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edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually
signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity
in the edition. Following publication the printing plates
are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft
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original signatures of distinguished military personnel.
old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the
artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition.
In the early days of printing, these prints were the only
remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed
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or at a later date, depending upon availability.
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in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually
remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued
prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50.
Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different,
thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints
may be available at the time of publication, or announced
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the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take
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published to compliment a limited edition, and usually issued
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in pencil, ink, or other medium, and personally signed by
the artist. Being an original work each drawing is unique
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inscribed with the matching unique number inscribed on the
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